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managers with the power to set aside elected governments most famously in the largest city, detroit. pennsylvania governor tom corbett, so unpopular may not run for election in 2014, pushed forth a law disenfranchising voters prompting the court to smack it down. equally unpopular governor rick scott refuses to budge on the state's stand your ground law trying a second percentage of the voter rolls, no likely that legitimate voters will be bumped off the roles. governor kasich in ohio signed new restrictions on reproductive rights. the governor in maine, education andy, a included state funding for religious schools. list goes on and on. far right republican governor implementing agendas. north carolina, its governor, pat mccrory promised if he won, which he did last november, he wouldn't sign any new abortion restrictions into law. he did just that putting his signature on a bill last month that tucked those restrictions into a motorcycle safety measure. this week mccrory signed a bill into law that takes voter suppression to a whole new level. north carolina's new voter law requir
in detroit, protecting the pensions of people attacked by a financial manager. they were affected by the changes of what took place in detroit. they've been spending a lot of time trying to straighten that out. >> a reminder 50 years ago this was a march for jobs and freedom, organized largely by a. phillip randolph, the great labor leader and the issue of union rights, labor rights, workers rights has always been deeply interconnected with civil rights in this country. >> there's no question about it. the unions are a little nervous as this continuing attack on collective bargaining, continual attack and the introduction of legislation in right to work states, this is being introduced. local elections are taking ahold and attacking workers and depressing wages. this is a big part of what afsme has been focusing on. they're at the pinnacle of the fight right now of what's going on in michigan. >> it's almost impossible to imagine how we can talk about closing a racial inequality gap without also talking at the exact same time about the economic equality that is so critical in our
find ourselves feeling weaker on the ground in places like detroit and baltimore. >> there's a statistic from the urban institute that i found pretty stunning. over the past 30 years, the average white family has gone from having five times as much wealth as the average black family, to 6 1/2 times. which is to say the wealth disparity between black households and white households is accelerating. what do you -- how do you make sense of that? how do you make sense of that in the context of the racial progress that we've made in so many areas and the fact that we have the first black president? >> well, look, certainly, we have come a long way, and there's a long way to go. and the reality is that the banking industry in many instances, in too many instances, targeted the black community for really strip mining wealth in our communities, through the shenanigans that happened through the mortgage business, during the bubble. and obama started right at the beginning of that. and i think if there's frustration in the community, it's that we haven't seen really folks go to jail
you think martin luther king would be saying about what has unfolded in detroit? >> well, i think obviously he would be very concerned. he would be outraged today that in america, black youth unemployment is close to 40% and real unemployment in this country is 14%. he talked about and led and moved toward that march on washington, that poor people's march at the time that he died, what he was talking about is an economy of full employment. massive investment in job creation and not just for african-americans. he was bringing together hispanics, poor whites and he was saying we have got to stand together and too often, ed, we forget about that aspect about martin luther king jr. and we simply focus on his enormously effective work in desegregating america. >> that day, what was the mood like? if you have to capture the emotion and memory about what that day was like, what would you say? >> enormous optimism, enormous excitement about the fact that so many people of all colors, of all ages came together in washington, d.c. that was unprecedented up until that point. the king speech
, the stench of his blood was in the air. the big march in detroit, the week later. of course, the birmingham monday less than a month later. then kennedy. there was a season of tumultuous uprising in our country and a lot of bloodshed along the way and a lot of fear. >> and that issue of where the vines was coming from and who should fear the violence. i'll talk to you for a moment. i have something i would like us to listen to. on meet the press, roy wilkins being asked about the likelihood that it would be marchers who would riot. let's take a listen. >> mr. wilkins, there are a great many people, as i'm sure you know, that believe it would be impossible to bring more than 100,000 militant negroes into washington without incidence and possibly riot. >> i don't think there will be any rioting. i don't think a hundred thousand people, just assembling, is cause for apprehension about a riot. the city of washington has accommodated much larger crowds and nobody has talked up in advance the possibility of violence. >> so as you just pointed out, all of the violence up to this moment had been ag
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